Weekly media wrap - 29 April 2019

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre released a report which found that a federal government decision to change the eligibility requirements for Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) – a welfare program for community-based asylum seekers – had created a ‘housing and hunger crisis’. 

The Government of Nauru rejected comments by former president, Sprent Dabwido, that the country’s offshore detention deal with Australia had led to corruption and greed on the island.

The UNHCR evacuated 325 African refugees – mainly Eritrean, Sudanese and Nigerian – from the Qasr Ben Gashir detention centre in Libya because of deteriorating security and escalating violence.

In the USA, the FBI arrested the leader of a right-wing militia that was detaining migrant families at gunpoint near the border in southern New Mexico.